NHTSA recalls Tesla’s Boombox feature to disable custom sounds while driving

Tesla owners in the United States will soon be receiving a new software update to disable some of the features of Boombox.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the ability to play custom sounds while driving may obscure the federally mandated Pedestrian Warning System (PWS) sounds.

As a result, pedestrians may not be aware of an approaching vehicle, putting them in violation of the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 141, “Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles.”

The recall notice (22V-063) says the issue impacts 578,607 cars, including 2020-2022 Tesla Model S, 2017-2022 Tesla Model 3, 2020-2022 Tesla Model X, and 2020-2022 Tesla Model Y.

For owners with the feature already installed or retrofitted, firmware release 2022.8 or later will be deployed this month to disable the feature while in Drive, Neutral and Reverse.

Newly built cars from February 3, 2022 have already been fixed with software version 2021.43.101.2.

At the time of publication, no similar recall notice has been posted by Transport Canada.

You can read the full NHTSA recall notice below.

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